Sunday, 16 July 2017
"A herd could flee with its most timid, or charge with the most aggressive." (p. 259)
Unfortunately, this is also true of human beings. However, it does mean that individuals or small groups can give a lead, sometimes in a good direction.
When the travellers kill several wild cattle, Cernunnos, St Hubert and Ullr are invoked. (p. 261)
Before the Change, each person knew a small part of the "'...scientific arts, and they traded the results among themselves, and there were so many that that was workable.'" (p. 255) After the Change, the important knowledge is how to:
fight with a sword;
hunt with bow or spear;
milk or butcher a cow;
shoe a horse.
I think that the optimum society would be one whose members enjoyed the benefits of technology but who would also be able to survive and thrive if those benefits were lost.
Meanwhile, Greater Britain thrives under William the Great! (p. 269)